#ddCommissionedWork – HKACT! Act 1 BeHereA Digital Artwork that Combines the Past, the Present and the Future
Presenting a Virtual Lens for Visitors to Create Memories and Share a Moment
Date: 1 December (Sat) to 30 April (Tue)
Venue: 10 Locations in Wan Chai
A1. Blue House A2. Stone Nullah Lane Garden A3. Wan Chai Gap Road Playground A4. Old Wan Chai Post Office A5. Lee Tung Avenue A6. Tai Wong Street East Sitting-out Area< A7. Lun Fat Street Sitting-out Area A8. Kwong Ming Street Children’s Playground A9. Sun Street A10. Dominion Garden
Bringing Old Hong Kong to the Present Along the Old Wan Chai Coastline.
* Free WiFi available at Blue House for BeHere_HKACT! app download
Share the Moment and Create Memories for the Future
** Visitors are recommended to download BeHere_HKACT! app at App Store or Google Play before visiting to save downloading time.
“HKACT! ACT 1 BeHere”, an innovative Augmented Reality (AR) mobile app of #ddHKCommissionedWork, combines the past, the present and the future, presenting a virtual lens for visitors to create memories and share a moment. Designed by Japanese new media artist Masaki Fujihata and inspired by the 1940-70s Hong Kong, the digital public installation features around 40 set of 3D AR figures, “re-presenting” these stories by actors in the studio and allowing audiences to view the old Hong Kong livelihood in their own mobile through the wonders of technology and design.
Created based on one and a half year of design research, oral history from local residents of Wan Chai and photos taken in the olden days, BeHere recreates Wan Chai coastline used to be along Queen's Road East during 1850s, connecting Wan Chai's attractions and public space from west to east: from Blue House, Stone Nullah Lane Garden, Wan Chai Gap Park, Old Wan Chai Post Office, Lee Tung Street, Tai Wong East Street Sitting-out Area, Lun Fat Street Sitting-out Area, Kwong Ming Street Children's Playground, Sun Street to Dominion Garden. Alongside the 3D AR works, guided tours are also open to all visitors to register online for more layered understanding of the neighborhood.
The heartland of the Wai Chai district is jointly linked by two corridors of art and design - the exhibition of BeHere stretching east to west while #ddCreativePlacemaking’s stretching north to south. Together, they reinvent the past and future street life of Wan Chai, enhance connection among the community and encourage visitors exploring the district.
Taking referene from vast quantity of photographs of Hong Kong and the oral interview with local and elderly residents, the work explores in-depth meaning of images by reconstructing nearly 40 differnet 3D AR figures. Participants are able to play with the figures, to compose them with different backgrounds and framing themselves in the picture and upload to social media.
Directed and created by new media artist Masaki Fujihata, the work is produced by Osage Art Foundation (HK Act! Act1), with Stanley Wong (anothermountain) as co-director for photogrammetry and graphic designer and sponsored and supported by organisations that include School of Theatre and Entertainment Arts, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, School of Creative Media, City Unversity of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Baptist University, Tokyo University of the Arts, etc.
Masaki Fujihata is one of the pioneers of global new media art. He began his career working in video and digital imaging in the early 1980s. He was one of the first artists to use stereolithography, a technique in which a laser polymerises a liquid resin as it sweeps its surface. His computer graphics work was much celebrated in the 1980s, before his interests shifted to creating 3D figures from data using 3D printing. His work problematises everything from how we interact with interfaces to the ways we might communicate in virtual space.
Fujihata has exhibited extensively throughout Japan and internationally, including at the 1983, 1984, 1996, and 2000 Siggraph conferences (USA), Ars Electronica (Linz), DEAF (Rotterdam), “CyberForum” (Lisbon), VEAF (Vancouver) and his work is part of the permanent collection of the ZKM (Karlsruhe). His "Global Interior Project #2" won the 1996 Golden NIKA Award, "Voices of Aliveness" won an Ars Electronica Award of Distinction in 2013, and "Simultaneous Echoes" received the 2010 Ministry of Education Award for Fine Arts.
He has had a distinguished academic career as Professor, Faculty of Environmental Information, Keio University, Japan (1990-1999), Professor, Department of Inter-Media, Faculty of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts (1999-2006) and Professor and Director, Graduate School of Film and New Media, Tokyo University of the Arts (2005-2011). He has since been Guest Professor at the University of Paris VIII, Paris, France; Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan; and Art University, Linz, Austria. He is currently Guest Professor, Academy of Film, Hong Kong Baptist University.
A series of workshops were held at the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong and School of Theatre and Entertainment Arts, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts with students, shared resources and expertise from both schools, including technical support provided by the School of Creative Media, and contribution by the lighting, costume, props, make-up and hair style teams led by the Dean and management team of the School of Theatre and Entertainment Arts.
The final 3D figures were generated with Photogrammetry that was shot with 70 cameras in the studio. Actors of the photogrammetry were recruited through various paths – by open call, by invitation, support from local artists, student volunteers and the hire of professional actors.
The multiple 2D snapshots were reconstructed into 3D models through post-production processes. The 3D model data in cyberspace are then overlaid using Augmented Reality technology onto the real world which is captured by the camera of the device.